There’s a lot of talk about COVID-19 vaccines lately.
You’re probably wondering why there are so many? Or you’re probably thinking what’s the difference between the different types of COVID-19 vaccines?
Maybe you’ve heard the term mRNA vaccine. Here’s a key thing to remember about these:
Most vaccines place a weakened germ inside your body in order to cause an immune response.
That’s not the case with mRNA vaccines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, mRNA vaccines teach your cells how to make protein. Once fully vaccinated, if COVID were to enter your body, your immune system is now better prepared to handle the viral infection because your body has already learned how to fight it.
Right now, two vaccines are recommended by healthcare professionals including Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine is an mRNA vaccine requiring 2 shots to be taken 21 days apart and is recommended for people ages 16 and older.
Moderna’s vaccine is also an mRNA vaccine that requires 2 shots. However, these shots are recommended to be taken 28 days apart and are recommended for people ages 18 and older.
Both vaccines are administered in the muscle of your upper arm and the most common side effects are injection site pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain, which actually means that your immune system is actually kicking into overdrive!
In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, there could be more vaccines on the way.
For now, there are 3 that are in phase 3 clinical trials. These include AstraZeneca, Janssen, and Novavax.
Quick info: The Janssen/ Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is a viral vector vaccine. This means it uses a version of an adenovirus to include DNA that codes for the spike protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing mild cold or flu symptoms.
While the types of COVID-19 vaccines could evolve over time, the real question is, when do you plan to get vaccinated?
Drop in the comments to tell us.